Price: Reasonable



Nomstar Ramen - Miso Ramen

Nomstar Ramen – 6 Feb 2016

It may have been a hot day but slurping down a big bowl of delicious ramen with miso flavoured broth was a great way to enjoy lunch. The miso has a strong distinctive flavour that permeates the broth and is contrasted against the peppery cabbage, rich bursts of juicy sweet corn, the slightly fatty flavour of the chasu pork, the rich gooey slightly runny egg yolk, crunchy bean sprouts and seaweed. Before the ramen, I enjoyed the soft tender parcels of pork gyoza which present a lovely soothing texture before your tastebuds are woken up by the tones of ginger and soft pork filling. I was also presented with a sample of a new dish to the menu, karaage chicken, which happens to also be a personal favourite. The batter is very light and crunchy, encasing juicy tender chicken enjoyed with spicy sauce, housemade mayo, and shredded cabbage. Way too full, definitely no room for dessert, very satisfied.


Francoforte Spaghetti - Kangaroo Ragu

Francoforte Spaghetti Bar – 3 Feb 2016

Francoforte Spaghetti Bar keeps things simple by focusing on a range of spaghetti dishes with a few other Italian entrees and sides also available. I had the Kangaroo Bolognese which was really delicious. The sauce had lovely sweet tones from the tomato, a slight saltiness from the Parmesan, and some real kick from the spicy Italian pork pate, N’Duija. The N’Duija is an optional extra and recommended with this dish and I think it’s a must. There’s plenty of the kangaroo Bolognese which is mixed in amongst the tender well cooked spaghetti. Kangaroo has a gamey taste but presented in this dish as a mince, it’s not noticeable. If I’d known complimentary bread was offered I would have ordered the smaller sized dish and maybe had some room for dessert. Maybe next time!


NeNe Chicken - Swicy Chicken

NeNe Chicken – 23 Jan 2016

Fried chicken is huge in Korea and now NeNe with over 1000 stores in Korea alone finally has a store in Perth after opening on the east coast. Offering crispy fried chicken with a variety of flavours, sides, wraps, burger and dessert, with a Korean twist, there is something sure to match your preferences. I chose the “swicy” sweet and spicy chicken with chicken salted chips. The chips were perfect, crunchy, perfectly seasoned and everything a chip should be. The chicken was certainly crispy, covered in a light crispy batter, chicken perfectly cooked, covered in a gooey sweet sauce with sesame seeds. The sauce isn’t too sweet and the chilli level is hardly spicy. I really liked the pickled radish which balances out the fried chicken. I also savoured green tea soft serve which I ate plenty of whilst travelling in Japan, so happy to see it here. It’s yum!


Petition Kitchen - Chopped Broccoli, Puffed Grains

Petition Kitchen – 7 Jan 2016

At roughly $20 per head after sharing 5 dishes between the 5 of us, we were quite satisfied, though I would have liked to have had dessert if not for running out of time. The service was excellent but the pace of the dishes was a little too slow for my liking, not that I wanted the experience to be rushed. We started with the the duck liver parfait which was smooth and creamy, enjoyed with grilled slices of bread which added a nice contrasting flavour. Next I really enjoyed the succulent tender squid in a lovely salad and dressing. The acidic pickled radish was excellent. The vegetarian chopped broccoli with puffed grains was a standout dish. I really liked the crunch and texture of this surprising dish full of flavour. The roasted mushrooms looked like something you would find in a forest, beautifully presented, and allowing the different flavours of the mushroom varieties to shine through. Lastly, the chunk of sirloin was a little disappointing, some pieces were tough and dry, others perfectly tender and pink. The romesco sauce was excellent and I loved the charred asparagus spears. An excellent array of flavours, presentation, and creativity.


Paella Republic - Seafood Paella

Paella Republica – 18 Dec 2015

When you think Spanish two things come to mind – paella and churros. Paella Republica serves both, offering a range of paella’s to suit a range of tastes. I opted for the seafood paella and within a short moment was presented with a lovely array of seafood immersed in a fish stock cooked rice with lovely flavour. The seafood was tender and the meal was very hearty, the salad a nice touch to counteract any intenseness from the fish stock. I moved quickly on to dessert and thoroughly enjoyed the light golden brown crispy churros that was lightly dusted with sugar to give just enough sweetness. The churros were enjoyed in lovely liquid dark chocolate which I polished off. This is a lovely little eatery serving a slice of Spain. Yum!


Gril lAnd Chill Indian - Chicken Lollipop

Grill & Chill – 15 Dec 2015

I’ve eaten here several times and I really enjoy the different creations on offer. We ate the latest new creation, chicken lollipop, which is a rival to the honey chilli cauliflower. It was slightly crunchy and immersed in a delicious chilli sauce though it’s not hot. I also enjoyed the lamb cutlets with mint chutney for more flavour, and the light mild but slightly creamy Chicken Murgh Makhmali. It was then on to the curries where I enjoyed the Lamb Dhansak immersed in a mild curry with a touch of chilli which balanced against the plain lentils. The Chicken Achari Murgh carried a back of the palette bite despite being creamy. The goan fish curry immersed in a coconut base curry packed lots of spice and flavour. These were enjoyed with the delicious crunchy on the bottom soft on the top naans. Totally stuffed but satisfied, I’ve got my Indian fix and it was excellent.


Zapfhall - German Pasta with Speck

Zapfhall – 6 Dec 2015

Zapfhall (translation: beer hall) serves beer, wine, and all things German in a spacious hall with seating inside and out where you can overlook the buzz of South Terrace in Freo. There are a range of dishes from share plates, hot dogs, to heartier meals. We decided to order mains and share a bit. I chose spaetzle, the German pasta with speck. The pasta was pea sized, soft and tasty though a little plain till you got some speck. It provided a salty burst of flavour and tied together the mushroom, kale and herbs, plus the melted cheese. It’s quite a tasty meal but does get rich so the apple and fennel salad with a slight acidic kick is much welcome. I also had a taste of the veal and chicken schnitzels which were large in size though needed more oomph to the dish. The veal was a little chewy in spots but the tender parts were delicious. However, I preferred the chicken schnitzel which was crunchy and enjoyed with the malt glaze. I also liked the blaukraut (sauerkraut but with red cabbage) and the potato rosti hidden underneath the schnitzel.


The Standard - Passion Parfait

The Standard – 27 Nov 2015

The Standard offers an open spaced venue and a garden out the back to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or too and munch on some dishes from their tapas menu. I chose the garlic clams which were tasty and thoroughly enjoyed in a delicious rich creamy sauce with garlic and chives. The toasted sourdough slices were used to mop up the sauce from the clam shells and then I proceeded to clean the dish. Then it was on to dessert and I settled on the passion parfait with lychees which was a stunning dish. The flavour of the passiionfruit comes through in the smooth light parfait but without the sweetness, just melting in your mouth. The dehydrated lychees carry all the flavour but without the sharp sweetness from the fresh version. I particularly enjoyed this element and it pairs perfectly with the parfait presenting delicious summer flavours. The gel carries more lychee flavour, moistness, and a slight burst of sweetness but is well controlled. The caramelised glass shards add a touch of richness via the sesame seeds and all elements tie together in producing an excellent finish to the meal.


Big Els Mexican Fusion - Quesadilla

Big Els Latin American Fusion – 26 Nov 2015

Big Els presents a range of dishes to share amongst the table giving variety and a bit of a chilli kick amongst the delicious flavours presented. I enjoyed the crunchy popcorn prawns in jalapeño tinged tartare sauce before moving on to the quesadillas which were my favourite of the night. Two thin but crispy pancake like layers encased a delicious vegetable filling which was supplemented with gooey cheese and aioli to liven things up. The coxinhas didn’t have as crunchy an outer as I was expecting but the filling was delicious, soft and mellow before getting the spicy chilli kick which added oomph to the dish. The chicken was a little tasteless on it’s own but when rolled into the soft taco shell with guacamole, salsa, and 2 sauces, each mouthful came alive and was delicious. Lastly, the lamb cutlets presented plenty of tender succulent meat with a light spice and acidic chimmichurri to add plenty of flavour. For dessert I indulged in the chocolate bar chimichangas which have a chocolate bar filling encased by a tortilla type pastry thoroughly enjoyed with caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, and more chocolate. An excellent dining experience with delicious flavoursome food, great service, and in a relaxing environment.